Zinc Saves Kids

450,000 children are at risk of dying every year due to the impact of zinc deficiency on diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. A few extra milligrams of zinc every day can make a huge difference. Zinc-containing supplements are a quick and easy, effective and inexpensive remedy.

Video from IZA – International Zinc Association (2011). CONEM is an associate member of IZA.

 

Pneumonia Wonder Drug: Zinc Saves Lives

Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, are the most common cause of death in children under the age of five. In a study looking at children given standard antibiotic therapy, new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine shows how zinc supplements drastically improved children’s chances of surviving the infection. The increase in survival due to zinc (on top of antibiotics) was even greater for HIV infected children.

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 350 children, aged from six months to five years old, were treated with standard antibiotic therapy at Mulago Hospital. Half the children were given zinc and the other half a placebo.

The researchers from Makerere University found that while there was no difference between zinc and placebo in the time it took to recover from the infection (measured by time it took to return to a normal temperature, reparatory rate, and oxygen saturation) the risk of death between the groups was very different. 4% of the children taking zinc died compared to 12% of the children without zinc. This means that an extra eight out of 100 children could have been saved by taking zinc. Among the HIV infected children, this rose to 26 out of every 100.

Prof James Tumwine explained, “Zinc is known to bolster the immune system and zinc deficiency is rife all over the developed and developing, world. In Uganda, where this study was performed, zinc deficiency in some areas can be as high as 70%. We would only need to give 13 of these children with pneumonia zinc on top of their antibiotics to save one life. This equates to about 4 USD – a small price to pay.”

 

Reference

Srinivasan MG, Ndeezi G, Mboijana CK, Kiguli S, Bimenya GS, Nankabirwa V, Tumwine JK. Zinc adjunct therapy reduces case fatality in severe childhood pneumonia: a randomized double blind placebo-controlled trial. BMC Med 2012; 10: 14.

 

The Heresy Of Linus Pauling: Vitamin C

The heresy of Linus Pauling (1901 — 1994) was that he claimed a range of diseases could be cured by taking large amounts of vitamin C. He was condemned until a few years ago when other scientists began to have second thoughts.

Heretic: Linus Pauling

The last to be made about double Nobel Laureate Dr Linus Pauling, this film was shot about a year before he died in 1994. It chronicles how the world of science, having accoladed him for his breakthrough discoveries about the fundamental chemistry of molecules, later derided him for his experiments on – and championing of – the health benefits of high doses of Vitamin C.

BBC Heretic Series. Ep. 2: Linus Pauling, Vitamin C. 1994.

 

Cardiovascular Disease

A Unified Theory of The Cause & Treatment

The two-time unshared Nobel Prize recipient Linus Pauling (1901 – 1994) and the German medical doctor Matthias Rath (born 1955) presented in 1989 a new theory of cardiovascular disease.

They hypothesized that heart disease is a manifestation of chronic scurvy, and atherosclerotic plaque is a mechanism evolved to repair or patch blood vessels and arteries damaged by chronic vitamin C deficiency. Plaque deposits found in human aortas are made up of a blood lipid called lipoprotein(a).

The solution Pauling and Rath suggested on this problem were that high dosages of vitamin C and lysine in combination neutralize lipoprotein(a). This may according to the researchers prevent and cure cardiovascular disease. The following is a video with Linus Pauling from 1993. The video has an introduction by Patrick Holford.

 

 

Read More

Rath M, Pauling L. Solution to the Puzzle of Human Cardiovascular Disease: Its Primary Cause is Ascorbate deficiency, leading to the deposition of lipoprotein(a) and fibrinogen/fibrin in the vascular wall. J Orthomol Med 1991; 6(3-4): 125-34.

Rath M, Pauling L. A unified theory of human cardiovascular disease leading the way to abolition of this disease as a cause for human mortality. J Orthomol Med 1992; 7(1): 5-12.

Nutritional Epigenetics

This little video beautifully explains the concept of nutritional epigenetics. Working with international researchers, we published in 2013 a review on this topic:

Jalili M, Pati S, Rath B, Bjørklund G, Singh RB. Effect of Diet and Nutrients on Molecular Mechanism of Gene Expression Mediated by Nuclear Receptor and Epigenetic Modulation. Open Nutra J 2013;6:27-34.

More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing the Most Common Diseases (Lecture)

Michael Greger, MD presents in this lecture the latest in cutting-edge research on how a healthy diet can affect some of our most common medical conditions. Dr. Greger  is a CONEM member.

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The Fundamentals of Magnesium (Lecture)

Image 17This is a presentation by the American physician and naturopathic doctor Carolyn Dean. She is Medical Director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association, and has been at the forefront of health issues for more than 30 years. Dr. Dean is author and coauthor of numerous books, including The Magnesium Miracle. She is a CONEM member.

A great deal of attention has been focused on calcium but not nearly as much on magnesium, yet these minerals work together and need to be balanced for good health. Magnesium, which many call the “miracle mineral” is involved in over 325 known biochemical reactions in the body and is vital for health restoration, maintenance and enhancement. It impacts heart health, bone health, energy production and storage, women’s health, men’s health, athletic performance and stress management.

The Scientific Basis of IVC for Cancer (Lecture)

Michael Gonzalez, D.Sc., Ph.D. reviews in this lecture various cancer therapies and the scientific basis for IV-C treatment. Intravenous ascorbate (IVC) is used as a chemotherapeutic and biologic response modifier. Dr. Gonzalez is Professor at the Nutrition Program, School of Public Health in the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico. He is a CONEM member. This lecture was held at the 1st Annual 2009 Riordan IVC and Cancer Symposium.

The Cholesterol Campaign and Its Misleading Dietary Advices (Lecture)

Uffe RavnskovUffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D., is a Danish independent researcher, specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, and a former private medical practitioner in Sweden. He is the creator and spokesman of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, an organization that includes more than 100 researchers and other university graduates from all over the world. Ravnskov is also a CONEM member. On January 24, 2013, he gave this lecture about the cholesterol campaign and its misleading dietary advices at a nutritional conference in Oslo (Kostholdskonferansen).

A major, worldwide health problem today is obesity and type 2 diabetes. Since long the general view has been that the cause is lack of exercise and intake of too much saturated fat (SF). However, the epidemics of obesity and diabetes began in the early eighties, shortly after the introduction of the “Dietary guidelines for Americans” according to which a reduction of SF and an increase of carbohydrates in the diet was seen as the road to eternal health. Since then SF intake has declined and carbohydrate intake has increased in most countries.

Recently several health authorities have realised that the vilification of SF was a mistake and many trials have shown that doing the opposite may solve the problem. Instead we are now advised to exchange SF with polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) without specification. If followed, this advice will result in a further increased intake of Ω-6 rich plant oils and margarines, because these are the dominating PUFA-containing foodstuffs on the market.

It is obviously of benefit for the plant oil and the margarine manufacturers, but not for human health because a high ratio Ω-6/Ω-3 PUFA in the diet is associated with many serious health problems.

Accompanying Powerpoint Slides

Sugar: The Bitter Truth (Lecture)

Robert H. Lustig, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is nationally recognized in the US in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. Dr. Lustig has a special interest in childhood obesity. He has become publicly notable through his efforts to draw attention to the effects that the natural sugar fructose can have on human and especially children’s health if consumed in large amounts. Dr. Lustig is a CONEM member.

On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave this lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” which was posted on YouTube the following July and has become a viral success with over a million viewings. In this lecture, Lustig notably calls fructose a “poison” and compares its metabolic effects with those of ethanol. He is particularly critical of the widespread use of High Fructose Corn Syrup in the United States.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717].

 

Living Proof: Vitamin C – Miracle Cure?

This is the amazing story of a King Country dairy farmer who caught swine flu and very nearly died (3 News NZ, 2010). Intensive care specialists were all set to pull him off life support, saying there was no hope. But his family refused to give up. They demanded the doctors try high doses of Vitamin C, a radical treatment well outside mainstream medicine. The hospital told them it wouldn’t work but the family insisted. It turned into a fight, the family even hired a top lawyer. But in the end, as Melanie Reid will show you, the farmer is now very much alive.

So was it a one-off miracle? Or has the family stumbled on a miracle cure?